September 29, 2020
Los Gatos Town Council
Candidate Forum
Wednesday, September 30 at 7pm via Zoom
Meet the Candidates! Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce is presenting a forum with Los Gatos Town Council candidates. Questions will center around local business and economic topics. Moderated by Matt Mahood, President & CEO of SVO (The Silicon Valley Organization).

You may submit one question using the form available when you register. All questions will be screened by LG Chamber of Commerce for relevance and redundancy.
Other Candidate Forums & Interviews
League of Women Voters Candidate Forums
Click the links below to view the interviews with these candidates:
California Senate District #15 - Ann Ravel, Dave Cortese
California Ballot -- Pros and Cons (will be available soon)
For other city candidate forums visit the League of Women Voters website or their YouTube Channel

Democracy Tent - Interviews with the Candidates
  • Sept 24:6:30-7:30 Larry Maggio (4yr) 
       7:30-8:30 Rob Stephenson (2yr)
  • Oct 7: 6:30-7:30 Matthew Hudes (4yr)          
           7:30-8:30 Maria Ristow (4yr)
  • Oct 8:  6:30-7:30 Mary Badame ( yr) 
           7:30-8:30 Ballot Measures A & B 
  • Oct 12: 6:30-7:30 Heidi Owens (4yr)                
           7:30-8:30 D. Michael Kane (4yr) 
Click Here to listen and participate via Zoom.

KCAT - Interviews with the Candidates - Click Here
We want to be your source for election information! We've created a VOTE LG page on our website. Visit this page to see all the propositions, measures and our local candidates, as well as information on:
  • Registering to Vote
  • Election Timeline
  • Ways to return your ballot
  • Candidate forums & interviews
Town of Los Gatos Happenings
Community Workshop - Affordable Housing
Tonight - Sept. 29 at 7pm
Apply to serve on a Town Board, Commission or Committee
Digital Media Workshop
Facebook Event Planning & Promotion
Friday, October 2, 1-2:30pm
  • How to set up Facebook Events
  • Linking to website
  • Promotion through Facebook Ads
  • Zoom Integration with Facebook Live
FREE Zoom webinar
Virtual Multi- Chamber Mixer
SVO, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Mountain View & Morgan Hill Chambers
Wednesday, October 21,
Get your costume on and join us for a joint virtual networking mixer!

Even in this uncertain time, it's important to keep growing our networks and keep up with one another - while following social distancing guidelines. Join us for this first multi-chamber virtual networking event from the comfort of your favorite chair, couch, home office, or kitchen counter!
Chamber Members - FREE

Non-members $20
Attendees will be randomly split into small breakout rooms where they will have 15 minutes to network with one another. There will be a few rounds to give attendees the opportunity to meet new people, exchange ideas, explore partnerships or just chat.
Certificate of Origins
Los Gatos Chamber is now processing Electronic Certificates of Origin. In partnership with the American World Trade Chamber of Commerce, we offer electronic chamber-stamped Certificates of Origin and export related documents. 

Benefits of electronic Certificates of Origin:
  • Same day processing
  • Print certified documents at your desk
  • Worldwide verification online
  • Utilizes UNeDocs template
  • Additional services, such as legalization requests and management reports, are available.
  • $25.00 for Chamber Members
  • $55.00 for non-members
Free Entrepreneurs’ Legal Advising Clinic
October 10 & November 7 via Zoom
Get Answers to Legal Questions in a 30-Minute Private Session With a Qualified Business Attorney for FREE.

Wrestling with a thorny legal question, but can’t afford the cost of a high-priced business attorney? Many entrepreneurs and small business owners say they could have saved considerable time, expense, and headache if only they had consulted an attorney earlier rather than later. At this clinic, you can talk to an experienced business attorney about many issues, such as financing, employment matters, commercial lease agreements and more. Clients will be seen (via Zoom) between 10:30am and 1:30pm.

Register below to get an appointment:
Friends of the Chamber
Would you like to show your support for the Chamber and the community? Friends of the Chamber is a membership category we've created for community members who do not own businesses, but would like to support the Chamber in our efforts to be a catalyst, convener and a champion for a stronger community. Anyone who has donated $100 or more to our "Support the Chamber" effort is an automatic Friend. If you'd like to become a Friend of the Chamber click here to donate or click the Join Now button on our website. Those who donate $50 or more receive a "Friends of the Chamber" sticker, pictured above.
Los Gatos Together 2020 Mask
NEW COLORS! Stop by our office for a fun Los Gatos Together 2020 mask. Thanks to Kristina Taroni of Number One Broadway for having them made! $14 (navy, black, gray, pink)
Digital Marketing Workshops
While you are sheltering in place, now is a great time to learn about digital marketing. Sofya Elperin-Smirvov is an expert in small business marketing. Sofya offers digital marketing training, consulting and full marketing management. She is an expert in paid search ads, email marketing, social media, content creation, website optimization and all digital and traditional marketing channels.

Facebook Event Planning & Promotion -October 2, 1-2:30pm, FREE

YouTube Channel & Paid Video Ads, October 16, 1-2:30pm, $20

Facebook Ads (Beginner), October 30, 1-2:30pm, $20

Email Marketing + MailChimp How-To, November 18, 1-2:30pm, $20

Registration required for all webinars
Member Events
Los Gatos Lions
White Cane Days
Campo di Bocce
Los Gatos Audiology
October 16
2020 Census
Shape Your Future
The Census deadline is fast approaching - September 30th! Currently, around 80% of Los Gatos residents have been counted (as of 9/1/20), so let's get to 100%! Tell your family, friends, and neighbors that the time is now to take 15 minutes and fill out your census! This year, the census can be taken ONLINE.

Be counted! Make sure Los Gatos, Santa Clara County and California receive our fair share of federal funds. From billions of dollars in federal funding, to accurate representation in Congress, it is vital that Californians are counted correctly. Help your community achieve a complete count!
Protect Los Gatos
Maybe you've noticed these green signs around town? The Chamber and the Town are embarking on a Protect Los Gatos campaign, reminding people to social distance and wear a mask. We've placed signs around town: on A-frames, in store windows and on pop-up patios. Please keep us all safe!

If you'd like a sign, stop by the Chamber office and pick one up.
Town of Los Gatos website
The Town of Los Gatos has compiled a very comprehensive page of Covid-19 messages and resources. It outlines how all the Town departments are functioning throughout this crisis. In addition, it has resources for businesses and individuals, as well as ways you can volunteer.
Coronavirus Update
For the latest updates, please visit Santa Clara County Public Health.
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